Man announces excessive force lawsuit against police, then gets arrested

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  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 1:33 a.m.

    Wish this story would have received better play. I'm just spotting it. Seems it would be worthy of the front page. If we, the public, don't get upset at such police brutality, it will not end. If it had been front page, more people would have been upset. I read the comment from Salt Lake Police detective Robert Ungricht and can tell the police department believes unleashing the dog on the man was justified. If the police believe this was justified, perhaps we should have a problem with what the police believe is justified force and with what police policies are and with the laws that make it legal.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    Steve C. Warren - WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

    When you fail to show up for a court date and a warrant of arrest is issued then you have nobody but yourself to blame.

    I'm certainly not suggesting that Mr. Sanchez's attorney Mr. Robert Sykes, is an ambulance chaser. Further, I'd like to think that any money this attorney might get if the lawsuit is successful will be donated to his favorite charity.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:24 a.m.

    Sydney Kapplan's credible testimony is a huge problem for the police department and its usual spin. The Tribune has a much more detailed version of her account of what happened. I expect the city will get stuck with a large attorney's fee and settle out of court.

  • Gregory American Fork, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:03 a.m.

    Yes, we want to support our policemen. Yes, they put themselves, for our benefit, in harms way often. However, our policemen simply cannot keep treating people with such contempt. The eyewitness quoted toward the end of the article indicates there was no need for the dog attack. Is there no better way to de-escalate a situation with a belligerent intoxicated man taking a fighting stance other than to order a vicious dog attack ('ripping flesh')?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 5:50 a.m.

    Mack2828 - Ft Thomas, KY

    Keep your nose clean, obey the law, and you will have nothing to fear from the police. Get drunk and disorderly and then become aggressive when they try to arrest you and then you will have a problem.

  • Mack2828 Ft Thomas, KY
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:30 p.m.

    Growing up I was always taught to respect the police and that they were "the good guys." Now days... I'm just not so sure.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:22 p.m.

    Wow, just wow. Even if this was a legitimate arrest, this could not have been carried out any worse.

    This looks almost as bad as arresting innocent nurses for doing their job. But I think it's actually worse because this was something that was discussed possibly for weeks.

    How can a group of law enforcement folks come to the conclusion that it is a good idea to arrest a person right after that person accuses an officer of serious wrong doing? 6 months after the incident

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:00 p.m.

    This appears to be gross overreaction on the part of the police. The timing, the number of officers involved with the arrest and the use of the dog is over the top. It is amazing the SLPD would go to this extent and in such a public way after the mess at the University Hospital. It may be time for the Mayor to take a hard look at her Chief and his tactics.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:00 p.m.

    I don't believe that police dog should have been let loose on this man to inflict these injuries, period. That's an incredibly violent, vicious, and barbaric act.

    What age are we living in? Is it a return to the dark ages?

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:50 p.m.

    Mr. Sykes,
    No. First The police didn't just happen bring up the charges. Second, if your client "promised" to go to his court date; he failed to do a simple thing and actually keep that promise. Third, the court issued the arrest warrant (not the police) several months ago. Fourth, the police arrested your client in support of the court order. Fifth, if your client lied to you about not having any charges, he also failed to appear in court. Sixth, If he told you that he had an arrest warrant, you probably shouldn't bring him to the police department announcing a lawsuit.

    Either your client is not being honest, or you didn't do your due diligence to check on your client's charges or warrants... Maybe a little of both.

  • Deseret Blue ,
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:44 p.m.

    The issue that seems most important here is when it is appropriate to unleash an attack dog on a person. What does the police handbook say? This is about whether the amount of force was excessive. Given that, as the story details, Sanchez was intoxicated or at least incapacitated and could not reasonably be considered to be a threat to a trained officer of the law (even a heroic officer as the story notes) how is using a canine an appropriate response?
    I'll leave off my concern about the charges being filed on the very day he decides to speak out.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    The criminal sees a police dog and starts running.......fights back and gets his clock cleaned and the lawyers up!

    That's leftist ACLU justice for you........too bad the dog can't sue the criminal for the trauma he experienced!